BMW has been making waves in the electric mobility market with its i-series of cars and its BMW C Evolution electric scooter. But the German automaker is not resting on its laurels, as it has just unveiled a new concept that blurs the line between a scooter and a motorcycle: the BMW CE 02.
The BMW CE 02 is a compact, lightweight, and agile electric two-wheeler that aims to appeal to young and urban riders who value style, fun, and practicality. The CE 02 is neither a conventional electric scooter nor a typical electric motorcycle. It is something in between, a new category that BMW calls an “urban mobility vehicle.”
The BMW CE 02 has a minimalist and futuristic design, with a flat seat, a round LED headlight, and a digital display that shows speed, battery level, and other information. The body is made of aluminum and plastic and features a striking contrast between black and white colors. The wheels are 15 inches in diameter, with chunky tires that give the CE 02 a rugged look. The CE 02 also has some clever details, such as integrated storage compartments under the seat and on the sides and a USB-C port for charging devices or connecting accessories.
The CE 02 is powered by an electric motor that produces 15 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque. The motor is mounted on the rear wheel hub, which eliminates the need for a chain or belt drive. The battery pack has a capacity of 3.9 kWh, which gives the CE 02 a range of about 56 miles on a single charge. The battery can be recharged in about two and a half hours using a standard household outlet or in about an hour using a fast charger.
The BMW CE 02 has a top speed of 56 mph, which makes it suitable for city traffic and some highway riding. The CE 02 also has three riding modes: Eco, Rain, and Road, which adjust the power delivery and regenerative braking according to the conditions. The CE 02 weighs only 264 pounds, which makes it easy to maneuver and park. The CE 02 also has a low seat height of 29.5 inches, which makes it accessible to riders of different sizes.
The CE 02 is not just a concept but a production-ready model that will hit the market in early 2024. The CE 02 will have a starting price of $11,795 USD, which is competitive with other electric scooters and motorcycles in its segment. The CE 02 will also have a range of optional accessories, such as helmets, jackets, gloves, bags, and speakers, that will allow riders to customize their ride and express their personality.
The BMW CE 02 is an innovative and exciting addition to the electric mobility landscape. It combines the best of both worlds: a scooter's convenience and efficiency and the motorcycle's performance and thrill. It is also a stylish and fun way to explore the city and beyond without compromising on comfort or safety. The BMW CE 02 is not just a vehicle but a lifestyle statement.